Making Ideas Happen Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

ISBN-10: 1591844118

ISBN-13: 9781591844112

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Authors: Scott Belsky

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"Ideas are worthless if you can't make them happen." -Scott Belsky According to productivity expert Scott Belsky, no one is born with the ability to drive creative projects to completion. Execution is a skill that must be developed by building your organizational habits and harnessing the support of your colleagues and your community. As the founder and CEO of Behance, a company on a mission to empower and organize the creative world, Belsky has studied the habits of especially productive individuals and teams across industries. Now he has compiled the principles and techniques they share, and presents a systematic approach to creative organization and productivity. While many of us focus on generating and searching for great ideas, Belsky shows why it's better to develop the capacity to make ideas happen-a capacity that endures over time.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Introduction: Making Ideas Happen
Making This Book Happen
Why Most Ideas Never Happen
The Forces That Make Ideas Happen
A Final Note As We Begin
Organization and Execution
The Competitive Advantage of Organization
Your Approach to Organization and the Destiny of Your Ideas
The Action Method: Work and Life with a Bias Toward Action
Reconsider How You Manage Projects
Breaking Projects into Primary Elements
The Importance of Action Steps
Maintaining a Backburner
References are Worth Storing, Not Revering
Practicing the Action Method
Capture and Make Time for Processing
Prioritization: Managing Your Energy Across Life's Projects
Keep an Eye on Your Energy Line
Reconciling Urgent vs. Important
Darwinian Prioritization
Execution: Always Moving the Ball Forward
Act Without Conviction
Kill Ideas Liberally
Measure Meetings with Action
The Biology and Psychology of Completion
The Tao of the Follow-up
Seek Constraints
Have a Tempered Tolerance for Change
Progress Begets Progress
Visual Organization and Advertising Action to Yourself
Mental Loyalty: Maintaining Attention and Resolve
Rituals for Perspiration
Reconsider Your Work Space
Reduce Your Amount of "Insecurity Work"
The Forces of Community
Harnessing the Forces Around You
The Dreamers, the Doers, and the Incrementalists
Seldom is Anything Accomplished Alone
Share Ideas Liberally
Capitalize on Feedback
Transparency Boosts Communal Forces
Communal Forces are Best Channeled in Circles
Seek Competition
Commit Yourself in Order to Commit Others
Create Systems for Accountability
The Pressure of the Spotlight
The Power of the Network
The Benefits of a Shared Work Space
Seeking Stimulation from Serendipity
Pushing Ideas Out to Your Community
Overcome the Stigma of Self-Marketing
Effective Self-Marketing Builds Respect
Find Your Own Frequency, Then Tune in to Engage Others
Ground Your Ideas Outside Your Community
Recognize When You are No Longer a Solo Show
Leadership Capability
The Rewards Overhaul
Short-Circuiting the Rewards System
The Motivational Reward of Play
The Reward of Recognition
The Chemistry of the Creative Team
Engage Initiators in Your Creative Pursuits
Cultivate Complementary Skill Sets
Provide Flexibility for Productivity
Foster an Immune System that Kills Ideas
Fight Your Way to Breakthroughs
Don't Become Burdened by Consensus
Managing the Creative Team
Share Ownership of Your Ideas
Leaders Should Talk Last
Judge and Be Judged Amidst Conflict
Develop Others Through the Power of Appreciation
Seek the Hot Spots
Self-Leadership
Find a Path to Self-Awareness
Develop a Tolerance for Ambiguity
Capture the Benefits of Failure
Avoid the Trap of Visionary's Narcissism
Combating Conventional Wisdom with Contrarianism
Consider Yourself an Entrepreneur
Be Willing to Be a Deviant
Keep an Eye on the Backward Clock
The Love Conundrum
Afterword
An Opportunity and a Responsibility
Acknowledgments
Tips for Practicing the Action Method
The Purple Santa Experiment
Overview of the Behance Network
Index
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